When it comes to work, there’s a fine line between negotiation and exploitation. In a negotiation, your boss asks you to do something and you have the option of firing back with a series of demands to sweeten the deal. But when you’re being exploited, you don’t have this option. Work is loaded on you like you’re a pack-horse and you’re expected to simply deal with it.
Sometimes the manipulation is more subtle. In some companies, there’s a culture of “just working another hour.” Bosses are often very good at putting social and emotional pressure on their employees, squeezing every last ounce of productivity from them before they return home to their families, often late on a Friday night.
Finally, some bosses are just negligent just to save on costs, and this might be grounds for going to a workers compensation attorney. So without further ado, here are some of the most common signs your boss is exploiting you.
Paying on time is a sign of a great business. It shows that the firm values your work and respects your time. Sometimes payments can be late for acceptable reasons – such as when the business’s bank is overloaded with payment requests – but in the vast majority of cases, there is no good excuse. Companies usually make late payments for two reasons.
The first is that they can’t afford to pay you right now, thanks to a cash flow problem, and so they’re prioritizing paying suppliers over workers, knowing that employees will hang around a lot longer than suppliers if they don’t get paid. The second reason is that they don’t have good systems in place to make sure that employees get paid, often because they don’t think it’s important.
You’re Doing Work Well Outside Your Job Description
Job descriptions are meant to be an accurate appraisal of what the job you’re applying for will involve. For most jobs, especially, jobs which require you to deal with people or lead a team, you’ll occasionally find yourself doing things which are outside your job description. This, however, should be the exception and not the norm.
Often, companies will try to get a capable employee working on higher level tasks. They do this because they know that getting somebody in to do that particular job will be expensive, so it’s much cheaper to hire people for less skilled roles and then get them to perform higher skilled tasks. If you get paid significantly less for doing the same job as other people in your company or your industry, it’s time to ask for a pay rise or leave to work at another firm.
The reason bosses started paying people performance-based bonuses is because they wanted them to go the extra mile at work. However, some managers don’t offer financial rewards or incentives for better work, leaving many people worse off at the end of the month. If you’re not getting the credit you deserve for successfully completing projects or meeting customers’ needs, then it might be time to look elsewhere for work.
This post has been contributed by Ryan Gatt, it may contain affiliate links.